France up against Japan, New Caledonia face Honduras
Guwahati: Having begun their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaigns with goal-laden wins, France and Japan start on even keel in a group E encounter on Wednesday.
Former champions France thrashed debutants New Caledonia 7-1 with star striker Amine Gouiri scoring twice while Japan drubbed Honduras 6-1 with Keito Nakamura netting the tournament's first hattrick.
Both sides will be high on confidence with an aim to come out all guns blazing.
It will be difficult to predict the result of the match but whoever wins will have a smooth passage to the round of 16 with a match left to be played in the group.
Both France and Japan were the favourites to make it to the knock-outs from the group and the loser in Wednesday's's match will still be in contention.
Meanwhile, New Caledonia and Honduras will have the best chance to register their maiden win in the FIFA U-17 World Cup when the two teams take on each other in a Group E match.
Honduras will fancy their chances a bit more as they are the more experienced of the two sides. The central American nation has managed to regularly qualify for the tournament since 2007.